Positive spin on low marks
Area English-language public school students continue to do poorly in reading, writing and math, lagging behind the provincial averages in the basics.
Yet, the Upper Canada District School Board accentuates the positive.
Education Quality and Accountability Office test results show that in secondary school literacy exams and grade 6 math, UCDSB students’ marks are ten per cent below the Ontario average.
However, the UCDSB “is pleased to report that the EQAO provincial assessment scores show improvement in multiple areas of learning for our students.”
The province-wide exams show the number of Ontario students who are meeting or have surpassed the provincial standard for achievement. The provincial standard is a mark of 70 per cent or higher.
The latest report shows that in the secondary school literacy test, 69 per cent of UCDSB students achieved the standard, below the provincial average of 79 per cent. Area students’ scores have fluctuated over the past five years, reaching a high of 75 per cent in 2014-2015. Last year, 74 per cent met the provincial standard.
Grade 6 math results show that 39 per cent of UCDSB students passed the test, compared to the Ontario average of 49 per cent. The best result area students had in the last five years came in 2013-2014, when the UCDSB score was 47 per cent.
Grade 9 applied mathematics scores are up a significant 8 per cent to 43 per cent of UCDSB students achieving the provincial standard. That remains below the Ontario average of 45 per cent.
For Grade 9 academic mathematics, 77 per cent of students have met or exceeded the provincial standard. That was up from last year’s score of 76 per cent, and below the Ontario average of 84 per cent.
In grade 6 writing, the percentage of UCDSB students making the grade rose from 74 to 75; the Ontario average is 80.
In grade 6 reading, the percentage of area students achieving the provincial standard increased from 77 to 80, slightly below the Ontario average of 82.
In grade 3, the board math score of 54 per cent rose from 52 per cent, but was still below the Ontario average of 61 per cent.
Grade 3 writing results have been gradually dropping from 75 per cent in 2013-2014 to 67 per cent in 2017-2018. The provincial success rate is 72 per cent.
Reading marks have improved from 67 per cent to 71 per cent achieving the standard. The Ontario average is 75 per cent.
Area English-language public schools struggle to make provincial grade
Superintendent Jodie Barrett, who has responsibilities for teacher learning says, “Our Board Improvement Plan for Student Achievement and Wellness (BIPSAW) is focused on supporting our schools and our students to ensure continued growth in students’ comprehension and achievement in mathematics.”
“Every child comes to us at a different stage in their educational journey, and this is reflected in what they show us in their daily learning and on annual assessments like EQAO. I am proud of the work our staff does every day to help our young people grow as learners,” says Chair Jeff McMillan.
“Our schools look closely at the information provided by the comprehensive assessments from EQAO. Wherever possible, principals and teachers incorporate these findings from last year into school level planning for 20182019,” states Stephen Sliwa, Director of Education for the UCDSB. “We know that this data is best examined alongside other factors that influence student achievement, which will be our approach for improving outcomes that we are seeking for our students in mathematics and literacy for this school year."
Other boards doing well
Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario students fared well in the latest provincial exams, with pupils exceeding Ontario averages in most subjects.
Grade 3 pupils had a success rate of 84 per cent, better than the provincial average of 75 per cent, in reading, 82 per cent in writing, better than the provincial average of 72, and 67 in math, exceeding the Ontario average of 61 per cent. In grade 6 reading, 85 per cent, compared to the 82 per cent provincial average, of board students achieved the standard. In writing, the board success rate of 82 per cent bettered the Ontario average of 80 per cent, and in math,
In grade 9, board students’ success rate of 56 in applied math was better than the 46 per cent provincial average.
In the secondary school literacy tests, the board success rate was 79, the same as the Ontario average.
CSDCEO students are doing well in provincial assessments
Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO) students continue to post impressive numbers in the Education Quality and Accountability Office tests.
Students in Grade 10 stood out in the province with their “excellent result” of 92 per cent in the secondary school literacy test, the French-language Catholic board notes.
This was the third consecutive year CSDCEO students exceeded the provincial standard of 91 per cent.
For their part, the Grade 9 students also achieved very good results in math. Marks have improved significantly in applied math, where the success rate rose by 14 percentage points to 51, the same as the Ontario average.
CSDCEO pupils succeeded particularly well in grade 3 reading, with 84 per cent, the same as the provincial average, achieving the Ontario standard. In writing, 75 per cent of area students made the grade, a tad below the Ontario average of 76 per cent. In math, CSDCEO students had a success rate of 77 per cent, better than the provincial average of 75.
In grade 6, in math, 81 per cent attained the standard, below the provincial average of 83 per cent. In writing, area students’ success rate of 81 per cent exceeded the provincial average of 78 per cent. In reading, 91 per cent of the CSDCEO pupils attained the provincial standard, below the Ontario average of 92 per cent.
Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario performed well in Education Quality and Accountability of Ontario tests.
For the past ten years, the French-language public system has stood out compared to the 11 other francophone boards in applied mathematics.
In the literacy test, 94 per cent of CEPEO students met the standard, compared to 91 per cent province-wide.
In applied math, the board success rate was 65 per cent, better than the provincial average of 51 per cent.
In academic math, the board success rate was 93 per cent, above the provincial average of 88.
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